Part of everyday life.
Most of the population here in the United States in the mid 19th century was Christian. This can easily be seen in how towns were first built. Farms came first, then, as the farms continued to prosper, land would be dedicated for building stores for supplies, then a school for the children, and of course, a church. And the vast majority of those churches built by settlers were Christian.
Prayer was considered important, and the practice of saying nighttime prayers before going to bed was customary for both parents and children alike.
Many times when there was a time of worry within the community such as when it was threatened by a drought or epidemic, the townsfolk would gather in the church and pray to God for help. No one questioned why or carried protest signs outside or told them they were wrong – it was…
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